Literary contracts are incredibly complex. It is VITAL that you do not sign a contract without advice from an industry professional who can explain the rights and territory clauses to you to ensure that you are getting the best possible deal.
The majority of publishing contracts, in the first instance, are boiler plate – basic contracts that a publisher expects the author to negotiate to develop a deal that everyone is happy with. There may be some clauses that they are not prepared to move on, many more that, if negotiated, will give you more opportunities within the market. It is essential that you understand each of these clauses – does a publisher need worldwide or digital rights to your book if they are not in a position to sell them on?
Inkwell work with Paul Feldstein, an experienced agent, to offer one-off contract consultation. For a set fee, Paul will review your contract and explain in writing what it means. This service is confidential and as it is on a contract by contract basis, not subject to the usual ongoing agent/author percentages.
For a flat fee of €200 or £175, Paul will provide you with invaluable written advice on your contract, with his recommendations.
All contractual advice provided by Writing.ie and/or their consultants is given with the proviso that the client may not hold Writing.ie and/or their consultants liable for any contract the client signs or for any consequences that stem from said advice.